11 Recipes Better than Takeout


Camping out on the couch with your favorite takeout food is practically a right of passage into adulthood. However, adulthood also teaches us that takeout every night isn’t sustainable for our health nor our wallets. Put down your menu and the break-apart chopsticks, and check out our favorite better-than-takeout recipes that will save you time and money (and that extra hour in the gym). Oh, and don’t forget to give your local takeout delivery person a courtesy “goodbye” call.



  1. This isn’t your mother’s stir fry. Try this flavor-packed Ponzu Noodles recipe (takeout box not included).

  2. These easy 30-minute lettuce wraps will give you more Netflix time. Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps Recipe


  3. This orange chicken that will have your delivery person begging to have you back. Crispy Orange Chicken Recipe


  4. We’re trading in chicken for tofu in this modern twist on this classic takeout recipe. Try this Cashew Tofu recipe.

  5. Sparks will fly with this Sriracha Firecracker Shrimp recipe.

  6. Or ditch the noodles all together for some zoodles. Chicken Zoodle Stir Fry Recipe


  7. Try your favorite takeout side dish as a deconstructed bowl. Pork Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe


  8. While takeout boxes are fun, making lo mein at home is unbeatable. Get this Shrimp Lo Mein recipe.

  9. This list isn’t complete without everyone’s favorite Thai takeout order. Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe


  10. A 2018 of sesame chicken obviously includes kale. Sticky Sesame Chicken Recipe


  11. A healthy Cantonese takeout favorite is a must for weeknight dinners. Healthy Takeout Beef and Broccoli Recipe




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